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Brain Injury Blog Toronto | Jun 29, 2015

When I suffered my traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2011, I believed that the cells in my brain which had been damaged were irreparable. But recent research suggests that the brain can repair itself, and that what was once damaged may be able to heal.

Reuters Health  | Jun 29, 2015

High school coaches have a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of concussion, but they often don't make the right management decisions, a new survey shows. That's where athletic trainers come in, said Meredith Madden, athletic trainer at Boston College who did the survey and reported the results June 26 at the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) annual convention.

Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute  | Jun 26, 2015

Mild Brain Injury is a misleading concept which remains a subject of concern for brain injury researchers and clinicians.

News Leader | Jun 26, 2015

Football has been the sport most talked about in connection with concussion and brain trauma studies. With its aggressive and physical nature, it comes as no surprise that head injuries are all too frequent in the sport. But "recent studies show that soccer has surpassed football," said neurologist Peter A. Puzio from Augusta Health Neurology. "As soccer grows in popularity, so does the incidence of concussion. There's not a perfect a number because it all depends on the severity of each one, but there is a cumulative effect of concussions. One is bad, but it depends on the severity of the concussions."

The Age | Jun 26, 2015

There is no magic rule to tell how concussions will affect individuals, leading AFL doctor Peter Larkins says. "There are very low-grade concussions that result in long-term symptoms and very high grade concussions where the symptoms resolve really quickly so there's no magic number," he said. The lack of certainty around prevention of concussion, aside from avoiding contact, makes the issue tricky but Dr Larkins said the progress made recently in the AFL is a good start.

Associated Press | Jun 25, 2015

More than 35,000 college athletes and cadets at U.S. service academies are helping researchers write a new, extensive and groundbreaking chapter in the study and tracking of concussions. With about $22 million in funding from the NCAA and Department of Defense, the college students have agreed to be monitored over a period of years, even decades, to determine the frequency, severity and cumulative effects of head injuries in their respective activities.

Newswise | Jun 25, 2015

Much has been written about injuries sustained by US and coalition soldiers during the Global War on Terrorism campaigns. However, injuries to civilians, including children, have been less well documented.

The New York Times | Jun 23, 2015

The case of Curtis Baushke, who was knocked unconscious three times in 14 years while playing soccer, highlights the risks beyond boxing and football.

MedScape | Jun 22, 2015

Migraine associated with concussion appears to be more prevalent among young athletes than is currently appreciated, two new studies suggest. In a survey of 74 high school football players, a third each reported having a history of previous concussion and of migraine. In the other study, an examination of 25 children and adolescents with sports-related concussion, over two thirds had symptoms consistent with migraine.

Contra Costa Times | Jun 22, 2015

“Why are we turning our kids' heads into a battering ram?" asked Chris Nowinski, executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute. Nowinski has teamed with Brandi Chastain and other stars of the 1999 Women's World Cup team in an effort to restrict heading for younger players in hopes of dramatically reducing concussions and other head injuries in soccer.

The National Law Review | Jun 19, 2015

The Journal of Neurology, NeuroSurgery and Psychiatry, published a paper which looked at the mortality and morbidity fifteen years after hospital admission for patients who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. The researchers concluded, “Adults hospitalized with [mild traumatic brain injuries] had a greater risk of death in the following fifteen years in matched controls. The extent to which lifestyle and potential chronic changes in neuro pathology explain these findings is unclear. Lifestyle factors do contribute to risk of death after MHI and this finding has implications for lifestyle management interventions.”

KARE 11 News | Jun 19, 2015

Neurologist Dr. Ronald Tarrel of Noran Neurological Clinic PA and Abbott Northwestern Hospital says he prescribes yoga for his brain injury patients. Last night, KARE 11 news featured one of those patients, Steve Stoner, who participates in yoga at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute location in Stillwater, PA.

The Huffington Post | Jun 18, 2015

No longer can we falsely assume that brain injury survivors can recover only for a certain period of that they are destined to regain only a limited number of skills. The potential for improvement is far greater than previously believed possible.

US News and World Report | Jun 18, 2015

A new study found that two to seven years after suffering their head injury, nearly 36 percent of veterans with traumatic brain injury were unemployed, compared with about 10 percent of those in the control group. After eight to 11 years, that gap widened to 50 percent and about 7 percent.

Medical Daily | Jun 16, 2015

New research published in the Radiological Society of North America claims to have detected unique brain patterns among people suffering from depression or anxiety as a result of their concussion when compared to the brains of those concussion sufferers with no reported mental problems. | Jun 15, 2015

Amy and John Fleming say they are fighting what they perceive as a pattern of unfair treatment of service members who suffer unseen combat wounds. Fleming was diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury and later, with post-traumatic stress disorder.  In the span of four months Fleming's 13-year career unraveled.


The Post Game | Jun 15, 2015

Awareness of football's inherent concussion risks has taken root among much of the U.S. population, parents are thinking twice about letting their kids play football, and even college and professional players are taking a second look at their own involvement. Compared to this time last year, so much has changed but it's just one small step in a much larger process.

Braindecoder | Jun 12, 2015

From the outside, a concussion involves headaches, nausea, confusion, blurry vision, and problems with concentration, memory, balance, coordination, energy and mood. But what happens during a concussion inside the brain at the cellular level can be extraordinarily complex, and is not even entirely understood by science.

New York Magazine | Jun 12, 2015

Brain injuries always happen on the same day: day zero, a day that marks the start of a fateful and often flawed prognostic calendar. For 19-year-old Dylan Rizzo, day zero was December 28, 2010. A car accident left 19-year-old Dylan in a coma. This is the story of the long, perilous crawl to recovery after sustaining a severe brain injury.

USA Today | Jun 12, 2015

FIFA congratulated itself last September for new proposals allowing referees to halt a game for three minutes if a brain injury is suspected, so a team doctor can perform an evaluation. The same doctor then decides if the player is fit to continue. But such a small time frame, experts agree, is woefully insufficient to conduct a thorough inspection. Furthermore, it must be questioned as to whether a physician employed by the player's own team and thereby with a vested interest in their ability to carry on, is an appropriate person to be making that call.

TIME | Jun 11, 2015

The American Medical Association voted Tuesday to adopt new policies aimed at protecting young athletes from concussions, amid nationwide concerns that football head injuries may cause long-term health consequences. The policy recommendation includes when to remove an athlete suspected of having a concussion and when they should return

Calgary Herald | Jun 11, 2015

When Aiofe Freeman-Cruz was a teenager, her mothe rsuffered a concussion in a car accident. Despite the force of the accident her injuries at first didn’t seem too serious. But they were worse than they first appeared, with negative effects that rippled throughout her family for years. The experience changed the course of Freeman-Cruz’s life. Freeman-Cruz is now studying the effect of parental brain injuries on adolescents. She’s using her own life as a jump-off point for her PhD in counseling psychology in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary.

The Huffington Post | Jun 11, 2015

When I first started working with a client who helps those with traumatic brain injuries I knew nothing about these types of injuries. However, I have learned quite a bit over the past several weeks, and what I have learned has been pretty eye-opening. I then realized that it is Brain Injury Awareness Month and decided that this would be a perfect time to share what I have learned with you.

Health Canal | Jun 10, 2015

University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers have found that blast waves from concussive explosions may put far greater strain on the brain than previously thought. The researchers have authored a study examining, for the first time, how blood vessel networks affect the potential incidence of traumatic brain injury from improvised explosive devices that blanket combat zones throughout the Middle East.

New York Times | Jun 10, 2015

A former women’s soccer player at Illinois has filed a lawsuit against the university, alleging that her concussion was mishandled and her career ruined after the team ignored protocol. The suit, filed Monday afternoon, seeks damages of at least $50,000, though the amount could be far greater. The filing comes while a federal judge is considering a proposed settlement in a class-action head-injury lawsuit brought against the N.C.A.A., and it highlights the fact that head-trauma issues go beyond American football.